Mike Wells, ESPN Staff Writer 295d

Seattle's Houdini, QB Russell Wilson, will keep Colts defense on its toes

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts faced a mobile quarterback in Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer in Week 3. Kizer is talented, but he's also a rookie.

The Colts are about to face another mobile quarterback again, but it's an experienced quarterback this time in Seattle's Russell Wilson.

Wilson, according to Colts coach Chuck Pagano, is like Harry Houdini because of his ability to keep plays alive and escape tough situations with his feet and his arm.

"I told the guys, I said, 'He's going to get out. It's going to happen. So what, now what? Move onto the next play,'" Pagano said. "He's going to get out, I'm telling you right now. Just get ready to write it, you can write it right now. He's going to escape and he's going to get out. That's him. He's really, really, really special."

Wilson has thrown for 729 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions this season. What makes him dangerous is that he's second on the Seahawks on rushing attempts (21) and rushing yards (100).

Indianapolis has been better at stopping the run than it's been against the pass. The Colts are eighth in the league against the run, giving up 85.7 yards a game, but they're only 29th against the pass, giving up 283.7 yards a game.

The Colts not only face the dilemma of trying to get pressure on Wilson, who has been sacked seven times this season, but their secondary has to be disciplined enough not get caught with their eyes in the backfield because that will allow their man to get open.

"If [your man] goes to the concession stand to get popcorn, you better be right there with him," Colts coach cornerback Vontae Davis said. "You better be pouring the popcorn for him."

The Colts have the challenge of making sure their young secondary players remember to stay "plastered" on their man. It's easy to turn around and look to see where the ball is. But it only takes a second for a receiver, running back or tight end to get separation.

"The reason it's hard is there's a clock in their heads," Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino said. "They always believe that there's a time that the ball should come out, and it's usually based on the route stem and knowing where the break point is and they know how the timing should be. It's on those plays that get extended that guys get lost, and because everybody wants to look back for the ball.

"There's an old adage in secondary play: 'See them throw it, see them catch it.' So if we're looking back at the quarterback and he’s still got the ball, we've got problems. We've got to make sure that we stay plastered and attached to our guys."

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